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Mr. Posey's New Glasses

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In a charming tale of an elderly man and his obliging young friend, former poet laureate Ted Kooser and newcomer Daniel Duncan invite us to look at the world with fresh eyes.

Mr. Posey is feeling gloomy. Everything seems dull. Maybe he needs new glasses? Perhaps a trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop with his energetic young neighbor, Andy, will help. But when the duo try on th
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Candlewick Press

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May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a strong theme of learning to see things in a new way, Mr. Posey's New Glasses tells the story of an elderly gentleman who sets out to get a new set of glasses when he can't tolerate his old ones any longer. He takes along his young friend, Andy to help him pick out a new pair. As he tries on different pairs, he finds to his surprise that each pair shows the world in a distinct way. The star glasses shows a midnight world of constellations. The heart glasses show the world in pink. And the ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mr. Posey is bored because everything around him seems dull, with the exception of his young friend Andy. Mr. Posey decides he needs new glasses, so with the help of Andy they venture off to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop. All the different glasses that Mr. Posey tries on gives him a different and strange view of the world, and he becomes disappointed. It isn't until Andy makes an observation that Mr. Posey's outlook changes.
Eve Costarelli
Mr. Posey's New Glasses by Ted Kooser and illustrated by Daniel Duncan
What a hip grandpa-type Mr. Posey is! I loved immediately the intergenerational friendship between Mr. Posey and Andy. It immediately blankets the story with a sense of compassion and brotherly love that is only reiteration through the fun the two have on their outing, which seems to be a common thing for them to do.
It is funny to think Mr. Posey could get a new pair of glasses at a thrift store as it is obvious that he need
John Clark
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poor Mr Posey! His world and his life seem to be getting gloomier every day. When his young neighbor, Andy, suggests a trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop, he agrees reluctantly, because he doesn't have a better idea. Off go Mr Posey, Andy and Andy's dog, Parker. When they arrive at the shop, where Mr. Posey buys all his same old clothes, socks and shoes, Andy takes him to a barrel filled with used glasses. The first pair are blue, star shaped, with imitation diamonds on the temple pieces. No soone ...more
Vera Godley
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This children's book takes "looking through rose colored lenses" to a whole new level.

As I read through this delightful story I was entranced with the flow and beauty of the story-telling. Surely this was on a different plane than the usual children's book. Not overly complicated and not dumbed-down. Simply beautifully told with a flow and cadence that captured the heart of this senior citizen.

I think that this sweet story will engender generational respect and especially endear older folks in t
Ted Kooser, former Poet Laureate, offers us a reminder of looking at the world through different glasses, as the story begins with Mr. Posey down in the dumps one morning. He looks out the window at his young neighbor, Andy, lively and full of energy, and wishes for a change from the dullness in his life. He decides he may need a trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop, smelling like 'rose petals in old shoes' to see what's available. With Andy tagging along, they both have an unexpected adventure. Cho ...more
J.L. Slipak
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is such a fun book. It's written in prose and in a hardcover format with a book jacket.

The story is wonderful and tells how sometimes you're better off having just what you have and "new" isn't always better, and old is just as good as new. Excellently paced, very entertaining with fabulous artwork to accompany the story and help it along.

Love the use of old and new (elderly and younger) characters to make the author's point
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun picture book about poor old Mr Posey who just couldn't get the right set of glasses. Every pair of glasses he tries on, he sees extraordinary things that just don't seem to fit in a normal world. The art work and the fancy illustrations does keep the children attentive however the paragraphs were quite long so when reading to a younger audience it's best you use quite a lot of expression when reading the story. Overall it was a lot of fun to read and highly recommended to the ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Just look at this delightful cover art and meet Mr. Posey. He's a senior citizen / grandpa type who is feeling a bit sad as if perhaps his eyesight is failing him. A trip to the Cheer Up Thrift Shop with his neighbor seems to be the cure and, suddenly, he finds that his world is looking very different depending which of the quirky glasses he tires on. But, please, no cat-eyed frames as he learns fast that dogs don't like them.

A charming story with plenty of words to challenge the new reader. The
Margaret Boling
5/31/2019 ~ Sometimes we just need to take time to clean our glasses to get a new view of the world. I love the two characters' views through all the different glasses. I enjoyed the illustrations of the resale shop. I also liked that one character was Black and the other was white; one was a young boy and one was an older man. Fun story with some opportunity for discussion about a jaundiced view of the world.
Alex Lindsley
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it was really creative. For kids who like books where crazy things happen out of an ordinary day, this is a good book for them. This is also a good book to talk about perspectives with. How your perspective can change a lot of things, just like it did with Mr. Posey.
Sue Poduska
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended for learning about empathy, but also just for the fun of it.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet and cute story about literally gaining a new outlook on life.
Edward Sullivan
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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A message about learning to look at the world with fresh eyes delivered with some nice touches silliness and surrealism.
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Ted Kooser lives in rural Nebraska with his wife, Kathleen, and three dogs. He is one of America's most noted poets, having served two terms as U. S. Poet Laureate and, during the second term, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection, DELIGHTS & SHADOWS. He is a retired life insurance executive who now teaches part-time at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The school board ...more